In the French Papers
An old cinema in Toulouse is being transformed into a three-star hotel. The building was a theatre before being a cinema and saw stars such as Josephine Baker perform on stage. It’s now in the hands of the successul Mama Shelter group, which opened hip restaurants in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille. The hotel will have 120 rooms as well as a restaurant, conference room, a rooftop terrace and even a small cinema, honouring the building’s past.
Macron can have his summer pool, it was decided. The Architectes des Bâtiments de France, in charge of maintaining France’s architectural heritage, gave the French President the go ahead to build an above- ground swimming pool at the family’s property in Var, the Fort de Bréguançon. Construction for the pool is estimated to cost €34,000, a sum which will be taken from the budget of the town of Bréguançon which opponents criticised heavily.
Ultra luxury villas on the French Riviera are sitting on the market waiting for new ultra rich, owners. Prices for these properties are so high they are difficult to comprehend and some homes have been for sale for years, such as Pierre Cardin’s incredible Palais Bulles in Théoule-sur-mer on the market for...€350millon. While the price tag is clearly out of reach for most, even among the wealthiest, it is all part of the game, one agent comments: “The owners think ‘why not’, if someone does buy, it’s worth it.” One of the issues with these palatial Riviera villas is their location on protected stretches of the coast and the sheer size of their living areas and gardens to maintain.
The first of 18 concrete chambers destined to protect Monaco’s latest housing project was delivered late July. These concrete blocks will form a barrier to stop the sea from flooding a future eco-friendly offshore neighbourhood, which will extend Monaco’s urban footprint out into the sea by six hectares. The immense project has been years in the making as it required lengthy studies on how to build on the water without damaging the sea bed and the marine environment of Monaco. The first residences should be delivered by 2022.